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CRITIC'S CORNER

Art Column

May 03, 2006|By GLENN MCNATT | GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC

German troops may have been marching outside his studio door in Nice in the summer of 1943, but the late works of French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) nonetheless shine with a joyful celebration of life.

That's the optimistic message of Jazz, an artist book of 20 stencil prints on the theme of the circus that Matisse created from cut-paper collages during the final creative period of his life. Now that work, one of the most influential artist books of the 20th century, is the centerpiece of a lovely one-gallery exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Matisse: Jazz runs through Aug. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700.

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